Eugene M. Benzing, who is proprietor of the Benzing Novelty Works, is a substantial business man and well known
citizen of Oswego, where he was born Jan. 16, 1887. He is the son of J. Adam and Mary (Hover) Benzing.
J. Adam Benzing was born in Germany in 1839. As a child he was brought to the United States by his parents who
made the voyage in a sailing vessel. They settled in Oswego, and as a young man Mr. Benzing became interested in
the milling business as founder of the Pearl Mills. Later he was senior member of the firm of Hover Jenkins, millers.
In 1895 he established the Benzing Novelty Works, which he formerly called the Eagle Planing Mill. About 1890 the
business was removed to its present location, 144 East First Street, and at that time the business was reorganized
as the Benzing Novelty Works. Mr. Benzing lived retired for two years before his death in 1922. His wife, a native
of Oswego, died in 1927. Mr. Benzing was a Democrat, and served for three terms as alderman from the Seventh Ward.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and a founder of St. Francis Home and St Peters' Cemetery Association.
He was affiliated with the Elks Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Benzing were born five sons: 1. Joseph H., retired lumber
merchant, lives in New York City. 2. Alfred, lives at Pittsburgh, Pa. 3. Herbert, lives at Oswego. 4. Ward, lives
in Florida. 5. Eugene M., the subject of this sketch.
After his graduation from Oswego High School, Eugene M. Benzing became associated with his father's business, and
after the latter's retirement in 1920, he took complete charge of the enterprise. The company specializes in the
making of garden furniture and fancy mill work.
In 1910 Mr. Benzing was united in marriage with Miss Eva Ryan, of Oswego, the daughter of Andrew and Delia (Dailey)
Ryan. Mr. Ryan died in 1931 and his widow lives in Oswego. Eva (Ryan) Benzing died in 1927 and is buried in St.
Peter's Cemetery, Oswego. To Mr. and Mrs. Benzing were born three children: 1. William J., born in 1912, a graduate
of Oswego High School, class of 1931. 2. Alice, born in 1916. 3. Frances, born in 1922.
Mr. Benzing is a Democrat, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus and
Mr. Benzing is especially interested in the history of Oswego County and is recognized as an authority on this
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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